Best broadband deals in South Lakeland
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in South Lakeland
Best broadband deals in South Lakeland
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in South Lakeland
Fastest broadband deal in South Lakeland
These speeds are based on the South Lakeland postcode LA10 5HY. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in South Lakeland.
The fastest broadband deal in South Lakeland is , with a download speed of .
Cheapest broadband deal in South Lakeland
The cheapest broadband in South Lakeland is 's package costing per month. With download speeds advertised at and upload speeds at . Other broadband providers also offer very cheap broadband deals in South Lakeland so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.
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Broadband providers in South Lakeland
In South Lakeland, you will see Openreach broadband providers advertise speeds up to . Virgin Media advertise speeds up to .
According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in South Lakeland is .
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Everything you need to know to find the best broadband deal in South Lakeland
Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or simply looking at your emails, you need dependable broadband. In the UK, we're fortunate to have access to a wide variety of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, deciding which package is right for you can be challenging.
Not sure how to find the best broadband deals, what speed you require, or what you should be looking for? Then you're in the right place.
Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea
One of the most annoying parts of adult life is that you have to join a seemingly endless number of contracts. Want entertainment? You'll want a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Sky subscription. Want heating and water? That's another contract. Setting up new contracts is often confusing and time-consuming, and that's why many people prefer just to do it once. They find a deal they like and let it renew year after year.
However, things can change a lot from when you first arrive in your new home to today. Are you still paying a competitive rate? Is your broadband download speed still fast, or is it sluggish compared to what's on offer today? According to the UK's consumer champion and second-largest consumer organisation in the world, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 annually by switching.
Saving money is probably most consumers' main reason to change, but it's not the only reason switching is often a good idea:
Loyalty doesn't guarantee rewards
In the past, being a long time customer would guarantee you extra rewards like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are significantly more common. A loyalty penalty is where you pay a higher amount to continue with the service. So, for instance, your service charge may rise in price yearly while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.
Better all-round broadband deals
Less expensive broadband doesn't necessarily mean slower speeds. Broadband is a competitive consumer product and even more so in the age of the internet, where it's simpler than ever to compare deals. As a result, many broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers in addition to competitive speeds.
Types of broadband in South Lakeland
When looking for the best broadband deals, you'll encounter many buzzwords, and it's critical you know what these words mean. For instance, did you know the terms 'superfast' and 'ultrafast' aren't just fancy ways of saying fast but actually have distinct definitions?
The most important decision you need to make is what kind of broadband you need.
ADSL (Standard broadband)
ADSL represents Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly available broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is delivered by using the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not super efficient at transferring data and therefore can't attain the fast speeds we see with fibre.
There are two commonly used kinds of ADSL in the UK, ADSL1 and ADSL2+. ADSL1 is the slower of the two, with maximum speeds of around 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ can attain speeds of 24Mbps. However, it's worth noting that with both ADSL types, speeds can vary depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange. Additionally, actual speeds are typically much lower than the maximum speeds.
Fibre Optic and Full Fibre
With fibre broadband, data is sent out over clusters of fibre optic cables (each thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres instead of the traditional copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both exceptionally quick and stable.
So that's fibre, but what's 'full fibre?'. Some broadband providers offer fibre services that are known as fibre-to-cabinet (FTTC). This means that the fibre service stops at the street cabinet, and data travels over copper wires the rest of the way (into your house). While this isn't generally a huge issue for most consumers, it can lead to drops in performance if your home is located far from the cabinet.
On the other hand, full-fibre, or fibre-to-premises (FTTP), takes the fibre right into your household.
Typically you'll see FTTC called 'superfast fibre' and FTTP called 'ultrafast fibre'. According to Ofcom, superfast broadband (with speeds over 30mbps), is now accessible to 96% of UK households.
While the gradually increasing fibre coverage is promising, people living in rural areas may still struggle to find fibre deals.
This is where things can get a little confusing. Cable broadband is still mainly fibre, however with one key difference. Data is sent via fibre cables to the local exchange cabinet (the same as in FTTC). However, it then uses coaxial cables for the last little stretch into your home. These are the same cables that deliver cable television and are much faster than copper phone wires.
Cable is more dependable than ADSL, and can support much faster speeds than FTTC and lastly, speeds are not lost with distance. The dominant cable provider in the UK is Virgin Media, although a couple of smaller cable broadband providers are also out there.
Satellite broadband is an alternative way of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish set up on your house, similar to with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a good choice for homes in very rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.
What speed do I need?
While most people understand that the more the megabits, the faster the internet connection, many struggle to grasp how that relates to their household. So, how many megabits is enough for you?
1-2 People in the Household
Generally speaking, if you live alone or with another person and don't do especially bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be alright with standard broadband (ADSL). When searching for the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll usually see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.
Speeds of 10-11Mbps suffice for one or two people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Plus, it's cheap!
Once you get to 3+ people in the household, you can start to see performance problems with standard broadband. For example, you may have three individuals attempting to stream HD video simultaneously while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.
For a household of 3-4 people, fibre packages with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Many entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will meet the needs of a family this size with normal internet use. But obviously, you can choose speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer among you or just to be on the safe side.
Intensive Internet Users
If you have a larger than average family (5+) or numerous online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to try to find broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the vast majority of homes in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you need to strive for that magic 100 number.
What are my contract length options?
Broadband contracts are usually 12, 18, or 24 months, and generally speaking, the longer you're prepared to commit, the less expensive the monthly rate.
Alternatively, some broadband providers provide short-term or rolling broadband contracts for people renting for short time periods or working away from home temporarily. These contracts usually work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are usually more expensive because you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.
When can I switch broadband?
The best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your present contract. However, if you would like to switch early, you'll most likely need to pay an exit charge, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are substantial.
It's also worth noting that broadband contracts have a 'cooling off period' of 14 days where you can cancel without penalties if you change your mind or find a better broadband deal.
The only other scenario where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling a continuous broadband contract is when your provider fails to fulfill their contract's promised terms. For example, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your area.
Broadband deals FAQs
How do I know when my broadband contract ends?
You can check when your contract ends by logging into your account online or asking your internet service provider by means of live chat, phone, or email.
How do I check my broadband speed in South Lakeland?
You can check your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.
How can I find better broadband deals in South Lakeland?
You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.
Will I get the advertised speeds in South Lakeland?
Possibly, but not necessarily. Many broadband contracts include small print stating that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors might impact it (like distance from the telephone exchange).
In May 2018, the rules around broadband speed advertising were changed to promote more transparent (and less misleading) information around broadband speeds. Basically, today, broadband providers are only permitted to market the average speed of their service rather than a top speed only available to a handful of properties. This was a move in the right direction and means that most customers experience speeds near to those advertised.
If your speeds fall short of what you were promised, you should contact your broadband provider.